SONORA — The Robert Dominik Fuchs Memorial Holiday Classic championship is finally theirs.
After runner-up finishes the past two seasons, the Sierra High boys basketball team soundly defeated Downey 50-38 for the title Tuesday at Columbia College and had three players make the all-tournament team — including Most Valubale Player Christian Williams.
“It means a lot,” Sierra coach Scott Thomason said. “We’re on a nice little six-game winning streak, and it’s nice for the kids to accomplish something together.
“We’re playing pretty well, and now is the time to do it — right before (Valley Oak) league.”
The Timberwolves (8-4) pulled away from Downey (5-8) in the second quarter, taking an 11-point lead into halftime.
Early in the fourth they stretched the margin to 23 before the reserves took the reins with four minutes left.
Williams finished with 28 points to lead all scorers. All-tournament selection Tyler Willis finished with six points and 10 rebounds.
Chris Choate was also named to the all-tournament team, and Thomason said his recent emergence is a big reason for his team’s string of victories.
“We need two or three guys other than Christian to step up and produce, and he’s been one of them,” Thomason said.
“He’s providing scoring inside and playing hard. He deserves all-tournament.”
Sierra opens the regular season with a tough task, as it faces Sonora on the road on Jan. 7.
Merced 74, Ripon 52
The Indians (5-8) did well to hold Pacific-bound guard Allen Huddleston to his lowest scoring output of the four-game tournament with 32, but it wasn’t enough for them to keep pace.
Matt Ratto spearheaded Ripon with 12 points. Ryan Alexander and Dane Wells finished with 11 apiece, while adding seven and eight rebounds, respectively.
Ripon was down just five at halftime but was outscored 39-23 the rest of the way.
“We played hard and played well, we just came up short,” Ripon coach Rod Wright said. “We didn’t shoot as well as we did (Monday).”
Heritage 75, East Union 48
In the consolation championship game, the Lancers (1-10) couldn’t contain Heritage of Brentwood to net their second win of the season.
Adrian Quant let the scoring for East Union with 15 points. Tyler Bylow contributed 13, while T.J. Brown recorded seven.
The Lancers will get another chance to score a win before league on Saturday when they travel to Modesto take on Enochs at 8 p.m.
Led by Derrick Sykes 22 points, Weston Ranch (5-6) cruised to win on the road against the Franklin Yellowjackets.
Overcoming turnovers — which has been their Achilles’ heel this season — helped Weston Ranch focus on their offensive production and polish up their game before the Valley Oak League season starts next week.
“We only had six turnovers in the second half — taking care of the ball was absolutely key for us,” head coach Ryan Bono said. “Keeping those turnovers down was really the story of the game for us.”
On top of his 22 points, Sykes also pulled down 12 rebounds and recorded four assists. Nathan Moises followed close behind with 17 points and eight rebounds, and Jason Steele rounded out the Cougars’ scoring leaders with 10 points.
Weston Ranch will hit the court again on Saturday when they take on Buchannon of Fresno at Delta College for the Stockton Showcase at 5 p.m.
WEST COAST JAMBOREE
Redwood 57, Ripon 49
Despite tying the game in the third quarter, Ripon just couldn’t take control down the stretch Tuesday during its final game of the West Coast Jamboree in Brentwood.
The ultra-physical matchup — where 45 fouls were called during the game — was led by all-tourney selection Sky Dominguez and her 21-point performance.
Jessica Blythe contributed 10 points to help keep Ripon in the running, and Kendra Contente and Paulina Ceja each recorded five.
“It was a back-and-fourth game, and it just got tough down the stretch for us,” head coach George Contente said. “It was a very physical and tough game, and we were in it for a little while.”